Last week, Nicolas Ortega wrote an opinion piece for the NY Times entitled, “Why Democrats Still Have Appeal to the Center, but Republicans Don’t.” In his article, Ortega states that both parties, Democrats and Republicans, have undergone a massive polarization – “just not in the same way.”
It is no secret that over the last two decades, Democrats have moved more Left of Center, while Republicans have moved further to the Right. However, what is the reasons for this? According to Ortega, “Democrats have become more diverse, urban, young and secular, and the Republican Party has turned itself into a vehicle for whiter, older, more Christian and more rural voters.”
While it is no secret that neither the NY Times or their contributors hold conservative values, in this instance, Ortega states that Democrats (while moving more Left) cannot gain success by vacating the Center – this, however, does not bind Republicans. Although my political ideology prevents me from agreeing with pretty much anything and everyone at the NY Times, I do have to support Ortega in this statement. He does make some valid points.
In their downward spiral of logic and their continue push to jump off the cliff of the Left, the Democratic Party has touted their intent to be considered the party of “DIVERSITY.” With this strategy, comes some advantages. First, the party is equipping itself with the ability to reach various demographics of race, religion (or non-affiliated), age, sex, gender, and sexual preference. However, with these attempts, comes significant risk.
Democrats today find themselves in a grass-roots effort to pander to anyone and everyone politically. From free college tuition (youth), free universal healthcare (older generations and the poor), and inclusivity (sexual preference and orientation), the Left attempts to be the party of everything to everybody. This approach has not received the massive return initially expected – Democrats are fast learning that the larger the surface area, the larger the area for cracks and exposure.
The Republican Party has taken a completely different approach. It is staying true to its roots of fiscal responsibility in keeping taxes low, rewarding big businesses that employ, providing for a strong military defense, and holding tight to the sanctity of life and Christian values. Instead of trying to be everything to everyone, today’s Republican party (especially under the leadership of President Trump), has held tight to core issues, focusing on what they are good at, and releasing the minimal, insignificant, and fringe voters and their agendas.
Republicans, unlike Democrats, advertise and appeal to the sense of a “Greater Good.” Unlike the Left that panders and attempts to add up all of the minorities in hopes of gaining support, the Republican Party manifests itself more singularly. It delivers to the majority in this country – and by holding to the core belief that “Majority Rules.”
The Democratic Party believes that holding control of minority populations in massive metropolitan areas will gain them control. Unfortunately, Republicans paid attention in 7th-grade Civics class, and understand that our nation’s electoral process rewards majorities across the states. Sure, majorities in massive metropolitan areas may gain the Democrats more seats in the House, but their strategy will spell disaster in statewide and national elections.
Democratic strategists are wrong – and they are dooming their party. But hey, who I am to tell them or encourage them to abandon a failed policy? I fully support their efforts. The Democratic Party comprehensively made up of educational and social elitists, believe that they, and a whole bunch of them in government, are the only ones that can and should make policy for our nation’s population. Republicans understand that despite their DEM-witted attempts, the Left leaving the Center, allows conservatism to be more concentrated. At the same time, the Democrats dive into despair within the Liberal Lions Den of attempting to be the party of everything to everybody.
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